Ladejinsky, Wolf
April 1964
Foreign Affairs;Apr1964, Vol. 42 Issue 3, p445
Land reform is a critical issue throughout Asia, the Near East, and Latin America. Asian countries have been using agrarian reform in their search for answers to some of their instabilities. This article looks at the agrarian reform movement in rural Asia and attempts to determine the factors that contribute to a series of land reform failures. The author emphasizes that if agrarian reform is to be attained, pressure will have to be applied by a dominating political group willing the face the issue squarely, willing to bring into play all the institutional resources of a country and willing to act with unceremonious vigor. The author adds that the realization of agrarian reform is a precondition of the economic, social, political and technological changed without which democracy in Asia has no bright future.


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